Marvel Will Not Steer Clear of DC's 'Batman vs. Superman'
We haven’t even made it to May of this year yet, and major properties are engaging in a standoff over release dates in May 2016?!
That’s how insanely competitive the Hollywood blockbuster market has become these days… especially when the properties in question belong to longtime rival companies Marvel and DC Comics.
Here’s the story. DC and Warner Bros. are developing a Batman vs. Superman. (Maybe you’ve heard something about it?) Man of Steel star Henry Cavill slides back into Superman’s tights, while Ben Affleck gets a turn at playing the Caped Crusader. While they initially wanted to reach theaters in the summer of 2015, the studio finally pushed it back to May 6, 2016.
Unfortunately, Marvel already had circled that date for an unannounced movie, and Marvel President Kevin Feige says that they aren’t going to blink.
While speaking with /Film at the press junket for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Feige says, “We’re certainly keeping the date there and we’ll announce what that movie is, I assume, in the next few months.”
There has been a ton of speculation as to what film Marvel might slide into that slot. Will it be the stand-alone Doctor Strange movie the studio has been teasing? Could it be the third chapters in either the Thor or Captain America movies? Could it ACTUALLY be The Avengers 3?
Imagine if we had a third Avengers on the same weekend as Batman vs. Superman?!
It won’t happen. We’ll JUST have The Avengers: Age of Ultron in theaters on May 1, 2015. They won’t have another Avengers movie ready a year later. But, there looks to be a serious head-to-head on the schedule in a few years. Which movie will you plan to see first in that massive doubleheader?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.
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